Tag: iPad

New Android devices mean choice for safety professionals

There’s been a lot of rumour, and just as much real news about smartphones and tablets this fall. It’s only been a few days since we blogged about the official launch of the iPad Mini and the iPhone 5 before that. Now Google has officially revealed some great new Android devices that could be of interest to mobile safety professionals.

The battle between Google and Apple is certainly an interesting one. The fact that Apple released a 7-inch tablet only months after Google achieved such success with the affordable Nexus 7 is still amusing when you think about it. And now, Google has announced a larger tablet (with Samsung) which could be a very attractive alternative to the original 10-inch iPad. And on the same day, Google adds another smartphone to its Nexus line.  Read More

iPad safety inspection software interview with Mark Frederiksen

Today, we’re sharing the next video in our iPad safety inspection software interview series. This series features interviews with the people behind Field ID’s leading inspection software and safety compliance management system, and the company’s tablet applications. In this video, Field ID Chief Technology Officer Mark Frederiksen share insights about how our development team works to produce inspection and safety compliance software applications for a variety of devices – and specifically, tablets like the iPad. Read More

Top four ways to protect an iPad in rugged environments

The iPad 2 Reflex Series Case by Otterbox

The invention of the iPad not only made it possible to entertain yourself no matter where you are, it also changed the way companies do business. Many companies have found that buying an iPad makes it easier for their employees to do a number of tasks, and that they could operate more efficiently. Many of our users, for example, find the iPad is a great device for doing mobile safety inspections with Field ID.

You can take your iPad anywhere, but if you are in a rugged work environment, you may need to take some precautionary steps to make sure that your iPad doesn’t get damaged.

Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when you need to take your iPad to a rugged work environment. Read More

iPad safety inspection software interview with Matt Paterson

Today, we’re sharing the next video in our iPad safety inspection and compliance interview series. In this clip, Field ID Chief Product Officer Matt Paterson talks about some of the great product design behind Apple’s iPad, and how it affects the way we create safety inspection and compliance software. He also highlights some of the advantages that this device has for certain field inspection scenarios. You can view the interview on our YouTube channel, or below.

 

 

For previous videos in the series, check out these clips:

iPad Safety Inspection Software – Interview with Field ID CEO Somen Mondal.

iPad Safety Inspection Software – Interview wit Field ID Co-founder and COO Shaun Ricci.

U.S. Air Force to adopt iPads

A few weeks ago, Field ID CEO Somen Mondal blogged about the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to let pilots use iPads in cockpits during commercial flights. Given our dedication to paperless safety management, we thought it was a great move with interesting possibilities for the future.

Now, the U.S. Air Force is ready to put as many as 18,000 iPads into the hands of its flight crews and trainers. Yesterday, Information Week reported that the Air Force will purchase up to 18,000 iPad 2 devices for $9.36 million. The Air Force Mobility Command will use the devices as electronic flight information manuals. This means they will store flight training and operation manuals – and officially move from paper-based documents to electronic docs in aviation.

The Air Force isn’t the only U.S. government agency looking at the device. The Department of Defence gives iPads to soldiers in Afghanistan for mapping and GPS. The Department of Veteran Affairs is putting iPads into the hands of doctors. The U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Navy have considered both commercial and ruggedized tablets. And the Bureau of Indian Affairs is putting iPads into the hands of school children.

We speak with companies about moving from paper-based safety management to paperless solutions like Field ID every day. Most managers of safety and quality assurance/quality control programs agree that using paper is cumbersome and has many disadvantages. Moving to a cloud-based solution is a welcome thought. And for many, achieving that move with an iPad is something to get excited about.

And the adoption of iPads by the U.S. Air Force is a welcome thought too. Security issues that could have stopped this deal from happening were ultimately resolved. For anyone who still feels this user-friendly device might not be reliable for certain commercial or organizational purposes, a vote of confidence from the U.S. Air Force goes a long way toward putting concerns to rest.

iPad safety inspection software interview with Shaun Ricci

Today we’re releasing the second video in our iPad safety inspection software interview series. This series features interviews with the people behind Field ID’s leading inspection software and safety compliance management system, and the company’s new Field ID iPad app. In this video, Field ID Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Shaun Ricci talks about why the iPad is an ideal device for inspection and safety compliance software applications. You can view the video below, or on our YouTube channel here.

 

iPad safety inspection software interview with Somen Mondal

Today, we’re excited to launch the first video in a series of interviews with the people behind Field ID’s leading safety compliance management system, and the company’s new iPad safety inspection software application. In this video, Field ID CEO Somen Mondal talks about some of the work that our team has put into the new iPad app. You can view the video below, or at YouTube.com/FieldIDtv.

 

iPad falls from space – so should it make the rugged handheld list?

Anyone who reads Modern Safety knows that the team at Field ID loves technology – everything from software to mobile devices and the web (all of the things that come together to make our industry-leading safety software). We love cool gadgets. And if you read some of my past posts about rugged handhelds, it wouldn’t take long to figure out that we love devices and “tech-ccessories” that help our devices survive harsher environments or circumstances than the average mobile.

So when a couple videos surfaced of an iPad case that can keep the device safe after a fall from space, we had to check it out. The case in question is The G-Form Extreme Sleeve 2. The G-Form case is made up of some proprietary materials that stiffen upon an impact and absorb about 90% of any potential damaging energy, thus saving your iPad from cracked screens or device death. The G-Form is also flexible, lightweight and water resistant.

About one week ago, the people at G-Form released a video titled “iPad Survives 100,000+ Foot Fall From Space Near Area 51.” Basically, they wrapped an iPad with their product, tied it to a balloon, and tracked the fall from the edge of space.

Now, I am a bit skeptical. We’ve seen a lot of videos about Apple products taking damage, including G-Form’s recent appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show, where they dropped bowling balls on an iPad wearing a G-Form Extreme Sleeve. But something about a device surviving a freefall from space just feels a little unbelievable – especially when you look at the damage that resulted when MSNBC Gadgetbox performed a drop test from the top of a three storey building (Warning: The link to that video leads to graphic images that may disturb some Apple fans). Gadgetbox noted that their jury is still out on whether the G-Form video is real or not, but they also said, “There’s clearly some weighted apparatus in place to ensure that the tablet lands cushion down and reasonably flat.”

Our Chief Technology Officer is one of the smartest guys I know, so I asked him what he thought about the fall from space. Here’s what he had to say: “I’m a little dubious as to the physics of it. I’d expect the terminal velocity of an object of that size to be pretty high, and I’d be pretty surprised if their case could dampen that enough to make it survivable. Also, the camera survived when it hit the ground. Was the camera in a similar case? Finally, the ride down was pretty stable. I would expect an unbalanced setup like that to tumble as it fell. What I think they did there is actually attached a drogue chute to the camera rig both to stabilize the descent for filming and make it a survivable impact.”

And there you have it.

The G-Form case looks like it could take the rigours of a shop, construction site or any other environment that demands rugged protection for a fragile device, but we’re not so sure about the fall from space in this case. And we wouldn’t consider the iPad to be a rugged handheld, but with the right case it might do the job – depending on your needs.

 

Safely paperless in the sky: FAA approves iPads for pilots

We are all about getting rid of the paperwork here, and we’re often sharing news about the benefits of going paperless with inspections and safety management. Naturally, I find a lot of interesting takes on “going paperless” in my daily reading, but once in a while a story really stands out.

This week, I read a great post in TechCrunch about a paperless initiative in the airline industry. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has approved the usage of iPads for pilots flying for American Airlines. Other airlines are also looking at similar solutions. What does this mean? In short, the traditional paper flight charts used by those pilots will now be accessible on an interactive tablet, instead of on paper.

We’re sticking to our stance on this: getting rid of paper is key to improving efficiency and lowering costs. In an industry with such high safety regulations, I’m glad to see American Airlines making a bold move in the right direction.

Of course, using digital systems is a safer bet in many situations, but what I found very interesting about this case is the amount of expected cost savings. American Airlines estimates they are going to save over a million dollars a year from this switch. Each plane carries about 35 pounds of paper charts. That adds up. What’s also interesting is that these charts are issued per pilot, so on a long flight, you might have four pilots which quadruples the weight. The iPads are also going to improve communication and flight quality.

This is great initiative, and I hope to see more stories like this from the aviation industry.

And on a side note, I’m always a bit annoyed when I have to turn off my smartphone when on a plane.  Hopefully we can find a way to get around that soon… in the safest way possible, of course!

Will Microsoft Make a Tablet Come Back?

Earlier this week all the tech blogs were ablaze with news about Microsoft Windows 8.  I personally read about 6 – 7 articles about their new operating system.  Before you get too excited, it’s not ready yet and will not be ready until some time next year (and I suspect later next year).  Yesterday Microsoft released a developer preview for software engineers to download and start playing around with.  By far the best article, and the one I agree with the most was entitled “Sorry Apple, Windows 8 ushers in the post-pc era“.  The author captured my exact feelings about the current state of tablets right now.  Good for certain tasks, not for others.

Good for Inspection Software

The current generation of tablets are great for tasks that are intended to be conducted in the field as well as casual computing and note taking.  Job site audits are a great example of a task that works great on a tablet device.  In general, inspections and quality assurance tasks are something that works very well with tablets.  That being said, wouldn’t it be great if you were using your tablet to run your safety inspection software and then you could have full PC functionality to work on that whitepaper or proposal?

Bad for Writing Essays

Have you ever tried to write a long document on a tablet computer such as the iPad?  It just isn’t that suitable for that type of task (in my opinion).  Sure, some people will argue that you can get a keyboard for it and some sort of app for Word documents, but it’s not ideal for power computing.  Let’s assume you could squeeze out a simple Word document.  How about running Photoshop?  Not happening.

What Windows 8 could (hopefully) represent is 1 platform to rule them all.  A great tablet user interface and a form factor that would allow me to run all of my full featured applications is something I would pay for in a heart beat.  It may be just what Microsoft needs to get back in the tablet game.